Gas Safety Week 2019 – How aware are you of the dangers from carbon monoxide?

How aware are you of the dangers poorly maintained gas appliances pose to you and your loved ones? This year Gas Safety Week (16th – 22nd September) has a particular focus around the most vulnerable of us, ensuring that everybody is aware of the importance of gas safety and looking at ways to protect every member of our society.

Badly maintained gas appliances can have a devastating effect, causing fires, explosions, gas leaks, and carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a deadly gas that is produced from poorly combusted gas and it can kill within a few breaths. There are no warning signs, you can’t see, smell or taste it! The only way to detect CO is with a carbon monoxide alarm.

Do you know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning?

With over 50 deaths from CO poisoning every year in the UK and thousands of recorded cases of CO poisoning it is important to know what to look out for.

There are 8 symptoms to be aware of:

Having persistent dull headaches and tension type headaches.

Persistent Headaches

Having waves of dizziness or feeling light headed and off balance.

Dizziness

Feeling like you need to be sick (nausea) and actually being sick (vomiting)

Nausea / Vomiting

Pains in your stomach or lower abdomen, sometimes accompanied by diarrhoea.

Stomach Pains

Sudden shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (dyspnoea)

Difficulty Breathing

Having no energy or feeling tired, sleepy, lethargic and sluggish.

Tiredness

Sudden collapse, seizures or loss of consciousness.

Sudden Collapse

Confusion, difficulty concentrating and becoming easily irritated.

Confusion

If you, or someone you know, has any of these symptoms, which improve when they leave the house, the chances are that carbon monoxide is present in their home.

What to do if you suspect there is a carbon monoxide leak

If you think there is carbon monoxide leaking into your home you should:

  • Open doors and windows to let fresh air in and turn off your gas appliances before leaving the building
  • Call your gas provider or a Gas Safe Registered Engineer
  • Inform your neighbours, CO can penetrate walls and seep into adjoining properties
  • Seek medical advice
  • DO NOT ENTER your property until you have been told it is safe to do so
  • Install a CO alarm for an early warning signal that the deadly gas is present

How to stay safe

Ensure that gas appliances are well maintained and checked at least once a year by a Gas Safe Registered Engineer. Once you had an appliance serviced it is important to regularly check that it continues to work correctly, for example, gas cooker nozzles may become partially blocked by food, causing the gas not to burn correctly. If you notice any of the following signs, then your gas appliance may not be working correctly.

  • Dull yellow or orange flames
  • Black marks on your appliance or on walls near them
  • A pilot light that frequently goes out
  • Higher than normal amounts of condensation in the room where the appliance is

While thinking about your own gas appliances and how safe they are, have you thought about checking the safety of elderly relatives, too? With deterioration in eyesight and an increased chance of having a disease that affects memory, such as dementia, elderly people are particularly vulnerable. Gas cookers and gas fires can accidentally be left on and an elderly person may not notice that their gas appliance has an orange flame.

Fit a carbon monoxide alarm for peace of mind. The alarm will sound and give early warning sign that CO is present, enabling early evacuation and repair of appliances. Alarms such as the Kidde 5DCO have a digital display, which will display the CO concentration even if there are only very low levels of CO, giving you advanced warning of CO before the levels become dangerously high. If the CO gas levels rise to a dangerous level, the 5DCO will sound the full alarm.

If you would like further advice please call our customer care team on 0800 612 6537.

Gas Emergency Services: 0800 111 999

Angie Dewick-Eisele

Angie Dewick-Eisele

Marketing Manager

Angie has been our marketing manager since joining in 2002. She also has a keen interest in H&S issues.

Do I need a Carbon Monoxide alarm?

All homes that have a fuel burning appliance, such as gas powered boilers, heaters, ovens, stoves and open fire places, should have at least one carbon monoxide (CO) alarm. As reported in a recent ITV news article, carbon monoxide kills around 50 people every year in England and Wales. (The NHS website estimates this figure to be even higher at around 60 fatalities each year). The article quotes the UK Fire Services that incidents of carbon monoxide poisoning have risen by 32% over the last five years. Campaigners on the dangers of carbon monoxide state that over 40 million Britons are at risk. But you don’t have to be one of the statistics.

Known as the Silent Killer, carbon monoxide is created from the inefficient burning of gas and solid fuel. Having your appliances properly serviced, maintained and tested is essential to ensure it is properly working, but this is not a guarantee that you will be safe. Faults can and do develop between inspections.

Even if your home is supplied and heated only with electrical appliances there are still risks. Carbon monoxide can seep through seemingly impermeable walls and can enter your home from a faulty appliance of your neighbour as well as from adjoining garages that house vehicles and petrol-fuelled equipment such as lawnmowers.

Carbon monoxide alarms are now more affordable, more reliable and more discreet than ever before. Every one of our CO alarm range is certified to BS EN 50291 Part 1 which defines the standard that CO alarms must be made to for use in the home. We even stock a range that are suitable for camping, caravans and travel when gas cookers and heaters are commonly used (these alarms are certified to BS EN50291-2).

For greater peace of mind an alarm with digital display, like the Kidde 5DCO carbon monoxide alarm, will enable you to see exactly what levels of CO are in your home, so you can check your appliances before CO levels become dangerously high.

For further advice or to discuss our wider range of carbon monoxide alarms, call today on 0800 612 6537.

See our full range of CO alarms
Our full range of CO alarms covers every need for every home
John Reetham

John Reetham

Product Administrator

John is one of our product administrators. He has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to fire extinguishers and evacuation equipment.

How to detect Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) in Caravans

Honeywell LPG Flammable Gas Alarm HF500LPG

LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) is a commonly used source of fuel in a caravan for appliances such as cookers, heaters, and fridges. Faulty appliances, extinguished pilot lights and accidentally leaving the gas on, can create a potentially explosive build-up of gas within the close quarters of your caravan.

Honeywell, a market leader in home safety products, offers a solution to keep you and your family safe when on holiday in your caravan. The HF500LPG alarm will detect and alert you to the presence of LPG gas, detecting levels as low as one-tenth of the lower explosive limit and giving you plenty of time to turn off the gas, ventilate your caravan, and fix the problem.

LPG gas is mixed with an odorous substance to make it easily detectable to the average person by smell. However, some people have an impaired sense of smell, and as we grow older, our sense of smell deteriorates. Conditions such as dementia may also affect the detection of this gas. If the gas leak were to occur during the night, it might go undetected for some time, allowing a dangerous build-up to occur without detection. For peace of mind, the HF500LPG alarm is hard-wired into a 240-volt mains supply, common in most modern caravans and also in mobile caravans via electrical hook-up. The HF500LPG alarm has a loud 85dB siren that will ensure the whole family is alerted any time a leak is detected. This alarm is suitable for installation in static caravans, mobile caravans with hook up and your home.

The Honeywell HF500LPG alarm should be installed by a qualified person, such as an electrician. For those who want the ultimate safety, Honeywell also offers a solenoid valve that links to your LPG alarm and will cut off the gas at the bottle upon detection of a leak.

For further help and advice on detecting LPG gas in your caravan or mobile home, please call 0800 612 6537.

John Reetham

John Reetham

Product Administrator

John is one of our product administrators. He has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to fire extinguishers and evacuation equipment.

Extended opening hours welcomed by our customers

Our customers lead busy lifestyles and need flexibility when they buy their fire safety products and that is why we have now extended our opening hours. Safelincs are open seven days a week, weekdays 8am to 10pm and weekends 8:30am to 5pm. You can call our experienced and friendly sales team or use our online chat system at a time that is convenient for you.

Harry Dewick-Eisele, MD said ‘Safelincs always listens to its customers and it was through our customers’ feedback that we started to look at extending our opening hours. We want to offer a service that suits their needs; being available seven days a week gives our customers more opportunity to ask for information and advice and find a solution to their fire safety needs.’

No matter when you call, our team will help you resolve your fire safety needs with speed and efficiency. Call our Customer Care Team on 0800 612 6537.

 

Angie Dewick-Eisele

Angie Dewick-Eisele

Marketing Manager

Angie has been our marketing manager since joining in 2002. She also has a keen interest in H&S issues.

Bespoke Extinguisher Site Stands & Safety Stands

Bespoke Safety Site StandsOpen spaces such as construction sites, short term events and garage forecourts can be difficult to provide for in terms of safety provisions, especially if you require your extinguishers to be portable or need to relocate them to a new site at a later date. However, if you have employees or members of the public on your site, you have a duty to ensure their safety.

UltraFire offer you the perfect solution for all your fire and health and safety needs; a bespoke mobile extinguisher site stand / safety stand tailor-made to your needs. Site stands are not a new development, but the UltraFire is the first to allow you to choose exactly how yours is configured. Available in a range of bright colours to indicate its purpose – red for fire, green for first aid, yellow for spills kits, blue for PPE – the stand is infinitely variable in its design by letting you choose what kit it contains, what information it displays and any additional alarm features you may need.

Certain information such as fire emergency procedures must be displayed by law. You also need a means of alerting everyone on site in the event of an emergency. Your bespoke stand can display a range of safety information signs and can even include battery powered fire alarms and accident sirens as well as extinguishers and, for example, spill kits to ensure you meet your H&S and legal duties. And being mobile, your stand can simply be wheeled to the next location as your site expands or moves.

Get in touch to tailor-make your site stand

Get in touch to tailor-make your site stand

John Reetham

John Reetham

Product Administrator

John is one of our product administrators. He has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to fire extinguishers and evacuation equipment.

Safelincs introduces the new range of UltraFire Smoke and Heat Alarms

UltraFire Smoke and Heat AlarmsSafelincs are happy to announce the introduction of a new range of smoke and heat alarms. The new UltraFire battery-powered devices feature radio-frequency (RF) interlinking, which allows them to communicate without the need of wiring, making the installation quick and easy.

With the alarms “talking to each other” you will be alerted of an alarm activating through all connected units in the system going off: a fire detected in the kitchen by the heat alarm will alert you in your bedroom by sounding the smoke alarm installed there.

The digital “house-coding” process is simple to perform and prevents interference from other radio and electronic devices in the vicinity. Safelincs staff have been trained to further assist customers, offering to pre-connect alarms prior to dispatch, meaning that customers can simply fit the units upon delivery and then test that the units can all “communicate”, making the installation fast and efficient.

The new range includes a battery-operated heat alarm, suitable for kitchens, garages and loft areas, along with an optical smoke alarm designed for use in hallways, living rooms, on landings and in bedrooms, etc.

We work closely with industry leading manufacturers and designers in fire safety in order to offer customers the best products on the market. Our UltraFire range of quality products, such as fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, site alarms, extinguisher stands, extinguisher cabinets and mobile site points is backed by years of experience and customer feedback. It is supported by our exceptional customer service and long warranties.

Order your UltraFire RF smoke and heat alarms online or call our friendly customer service team on 0800 612 6537.

Safelincs team up with Evie Toombes, para show jumper and ambassador for hidden disabilities

Safelincs are proud to be able to help support Evie Toombes with her quest to fund a medical horse box. Evie is an inspirational teenager with spina bifida and is a para show jumper from Skegness, Lincolnshire. She is also an ambassador for hidden disabilities and visits schools to talk to children about her hidden disability in the hope that she will give confidence to other children to speak about their problems.

Over the past few years Evie’s condition meant that she was unable to tolerate food and as a result lost a lot of weight and now needs to be fed through a tube into her stomach. Her condition also affects her legs, bladder and bowel.

Evie and Daisy the Horse aka 'High Offley Business Centre'
Evie with Daisy aka ‘High Offley Business Centre’

Ill health and numerous hospital visits started to make it very difficult for Evie to continue to compete, so two years ago Evie embarked on a plan to fund a medical unit horse box which would give her the ability to go to shows with all her medical equipment.

‘Thank you for your support towards the purchase of my medical horse box, the security of having a vehicle that is safe and well equipped enough to deal with the current medical needs I face (that has landed me in hospital at least once a month every month for 15 months) is truly incredible.’ said Evie Toombes.

Riding gives Evie freedom from her health issues and the bond with her horse and ponies gives her a boost when she is feeling unwell. Evie has won several trophies. We wish Evie every success in her future competitions.

Angie Dewick-Eisele

Angie Dewick-Eisele

Marketing Manager

Angie has been our marketing manager since joining in 2002. She also has a keen interest in H&S issues.

Safelincs goes Solar

Installation of solar panels on Safelincs warehouse roofing
New solar panels installed on some of the Safelincs warehouse roofing

Making Safelincs a greener business has been one of our main initiatives since moving to the new site in December 2017. After investing into energy saving projects, such as the complete roll-out of LED lighting replacing fluorescent and sodium lights, Safelincs have now also made a huge investment into the installation of 1000sqm of solar PV panels, equating to a staggering 146kw of renewable energy.

‘We are very proud to be able to supply the business with our own green electricity.’ said Harry Dewick-Eisele MD, ‘Reducing our carbon footprint is important to us as a company and this is just one of many initiatives we are implementing’.

The solar panels are expected to cover most of Safelincs’ energy needs and will pave the way for future expansion and developments.

Angie Dewick-Eisele

Angie Dewick-Eisele

Marketing Manager

Angie has been our marketing manager since joining in 2002. She also has a keen interest in H&S issues.

Carbon Monoxide Alarm Alerts Campers

Kidde CO alarm with digital display
Kidde CO alarm with digital display

Carbon monoxide is deadly and the only way to detect it is with a carbon monoxide detector. Caroline Toombes found this out on a recent camping trip when she hooked up the generator on her new horse box living accommodation for the first time. Caroline said ‘we were happily enjoying our evening using the generator as we didn’t have a hook-up. Our carbon monoxide detector went off. It turned out to be fumes from the generator and showed the highest levels’. She went on to say ‘the alarm was a life saver, what if we hadn’t had it’.

It is important to remember that when camping, carbon monoxide is a real threat. If you are sleeping in a tent, caravan, mobile home or horse box living quarters, you are at risk. Not only are internal gas appliances a risk, wind can also blow carbon monoxide fumes into your camping accommodation from outside cooking equipment such as camping stoves and BBQs.

Make sure that you have the correct CO detector for camping, as not all CO detectors are suitable. Ensure that your portable carbon monoxide detector is Kitemarked to BS EN50291-2 (camping / caravans / boats), that way you can have peace of mind whilst enjoying your free time and holidays.

 

Angie Dewick-Eisele

Angie Dewick-Eisele

Marketing Manager

Angie has been our marketing manager since joining in 2002. She also has a keen interest in H&S issues.

Providing fire safety cover across a large office estate

Safelincs has been engaged by a leading global specialist recruitment group to annually service fire extinguishers across its estate of more than 100 UK offices. In addition, Safelincs will carry out checks on the emergency lights and fire alarm systems across all sites twice a year.

Any organisation welcoming clients to its premises must ensure that it has the most effective fire precautions in place.

The recruitment group was happy to engage Safelincs who make servicing fire extinguishers effortless and affordable with a clear pricing structure and no hidden costs. BAFE certified service technicians will carry out annual servicing in accordance with BS 5306 and provide all relevant documentation.

“Safelincs were very professional and provided very competitive costings,” commented a company representative. “They supplied us with good plan of how the service would be implemented, leaving us confident in the knowledge that our fire safety requirements were fully managed.”

If you would like Safelincs to service your fire safety equipment, please visit our website or ring our friendly servicing team on 0800 612 4827.

Harry Dewick-Eisele

Harry Dewick-Eisele

Managing Director

MD and founder of Safelincs. Harry has a wealth of in-depth knowledge of all aspects of fire safety and related legislation.

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